Feature Friday 28th July 2017: Kayla De Saint Aromain

Friday July 28th is featuring Advanced Diploma of Photography student Kayla De Saint Aromain.

Kayla De Saint Aromain

What got you started in Photography? 
 I got started early high school after participating in an end-of-year activity where I quickly fell in love!
When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become?
Initially I wanted to work with nature, maybe a National Geographic photographer! That’s totally changed haha
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
I’ve learned how to live my dreams
What has been the most challenging moment at PSC so far?
Deadlines and essays are always challenging for me. Recently, entering the VPPYs and finding a mentor was very difficult!
How has your style developed?
I’ve learned a lot about myself and my art, which I really value. Everything has changed for the better! I feel like I can see now! My style has become more purposeful and an actual style is developing.
So far, what body of work have you been most proud of’?
My last folio, about toxisity in the makeup industry, is probably the work im most proud of. It’s still not something I’m super proud of, but as a body of work it’s had the most success.

Kayla De Saint Aromain

What are you working on at the moment? 
I’m currently working on my folio, about the use and positive effect of tarot. I’m really honing my skills and style on this one so I’m really enjoying it.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
In my spare time, if I’m not watching dribble on the tv, I like to sew costumes and my own clothes.
Where do you find your motivation?
Currently, deadlines are a pretty solid motavation. But I find it easiest to do work when I have a clear idea of what I’m doing. Rethinking about my passion and dreams really helps too.
Who/what inspires you?
Francesca Woodman, Sarah Moon and Bill Henson are huge inspirations for my current work.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be working on the streets of Japan, shooting street fashion. But I’d also love to be able to embrace personal work and hold exhibitions!
To stay up to date with Kayla’s work, follow her on Instagram

Kayla De Saint Aromain

Feature Friday 21st July 2017: Noah Thompson

The July 21st Feature Friday is a quick insight of second year bachelor student Noah Thompson. Earlier this year Noah was a finalist in the National portrait prize, he was involved in an exhibition at the Melbourne Immigration Museum titled “They Cannot Take The Sky” which was made into a book. Noah was also successful in receiving the Maribyrnong City Council art grant that allowed him to have a solo exhibition at the Trocadero Art Space in Footscray and put his work”Footscray Hair” into a book.

 

We had a chat with the busy artist and learned about where he is now and where he wants to be as he prepares for his fourth semester at PSC.

 

Noah Thompson, 2017, ‘Footscray Hair’

 

Why did you choose photography?
I moved around quite a bit growing up, going from Tasmania to remote parts of the Northern Territory to living overseas for a couple of years, I think this gives anyone impressions of places and people that are hard to articulate with words. Which I think is what photography allows me to do, though I’ve only realised this recently. I also like people and am interested in their stories and how individual circumstance often relates to wider social, environmental, economic or political situation. I completed a BA in International Studies which involved studying sociology, international development, conflict studies, etc. It has always been my intention to combine these two interests.
Where do you want to go with photography?
I want to get involved with photojournalism and NGO work as well as work on longer-term documentary projects. At the moment I’m interested in exploring a wide variety of subjects relating to social justice, war, migration, economics, refugees and community. I think photography is an important tool in generating discussion around difficult, controversial or important issues and also invaluable in disseminating untold aspects of a given issue.
Who/what inspires you?
Kind people, my mum.
What do you enjoy about photography?
I like that it gets me out and about, talking to people, asking questions, out of my comfort zone.
Stay up to date on Noah’s work by following him on Instagram

Noah Thompson, 2017, ‘Footscray Hair’

Feature Friday 14th July; Natalie Renee Vicari

Today, July 14th, we are featuring second year bachelor student Natalie Renee Vicari.

Natalie Vicari

What got you started in photography?
I had always really liked photography over other artistic mediums, but I didn’t get started photographing until I was 18 and got given my cousin’s old camera for my 18th.
When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become?
I had a pretty broad idea of what kind of photography I wanted to do: mostly commercial-based stuff, like working for magazines. But after having many guest speakers in our first year, documentary photography, more specifically war journalism or political protests documentation has sparked an interest in me too.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point?
Honestly, learning how to actually use my camera properly. Since my third week back in first year at PSC, I’ve been using manual mode and have never touched the preset modes on my camera. The difference is astronomical. On a more serious note, I also learned that art is quite subjective and forgiving, as anything can be turned into an art project now if you can explain yourself eloquently and put in the effort.
What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far?
Getting a grasp on the digital and editing aspect of photography and understanding what the different functions in Lightroom can do to an image, and pretty much everything I have learned in Photoshop.
What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far?
This year having the freedom to do a folio on any topic I choose, and having that creative freedom now, as opposed to last year, when I have a much better understanding of the medium and the ways in which I can manipulate it to speak my language.
How has your style developed? What have you noticed is different? Your aesthetic? Way of thinking? Approach?
I now try to think of multiple ways to visually portray what I want to say, and attempt all of those ways instead of just picking the most obvious, or the easiest of the options. I also feel as though I am a lot more methodical in my shooting: I always have a brainstorm for each shoot I do, and a clear idea, and most of the time, the steps I need to take to get to the end product.
So far, what body of work have you been most proud of?
I’m really proud of my first proper attempt at studio shots, particularly my studio portraits. Getting to work in the studio this year has really solidified my passion to pursue a photographic career in studio.

Natalie Vicari

What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on my folio, which is a series of 15 significant moments in my life, beginning at my parent’s separation, documenting my battle with depression and suicidal tendencies, to now being well into recovery and actually enjoying my life.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Most of the time, I’m on YouTube watching a range of different videos: everything from gaming, to baking and cooking, to compilations of funny X Factor auditions. I think I would like to one day take a swing at making YouTube videos, but for now I’m sticking to photography.
Where do you find your motivation?
It’s probably not the best source, but more often than not my motivation comes from looming deadlines. Sometimes knowing that the due date is closer makes your brain actually kick into gear to think of ideas and to execute them.
Who/what inspires you?
YouTube, music, movies and television are probably the most broad source of inspiration for me, but also a lot of the new artists I get introduced to through my classes at PSC are also incredibly eye-opening.
What is your dream job/shoot?
I would like to one day do a shoot with Victoria’s Secret, either at one of their fashion shows, or for one of their campaigns, with the VS Angels. I would also like to be the photographer on tour with one of my favourite musicians at some point in my career. Fingers crossed at least one of those come true!

Natalie Vicari

Feature Friday 7th July 2017: Project 17

This July 7th Friday Feature is the introduction to Project 17; a collective of part-time bachelor students.

Paul Ewins

 

Where did you come up with the name ‘Project 17’? Why did you decide to form this group?

The ‘Project 17’ collective was created in Summer 2016 by the Part-time Bachelor students from PSC for their first magazine release of the same name. It represents the amount of students in the class at the time, and also relates to the many and various projects we hope to complete together over time. These include exhibitions, publications and smaller collaborations within the group. We use the group as a way to reconnect despite our busy lives, and be a positive support network. The collective showcases and celebrates difference in a world where conformity is the norm. Project 17 aims to counter this view – to reveal, empower and inspire as one voice.

Project 17 Magazine (Still available)

 

What sort of individuals do you have in your collective?

Project 17 consists of men and women from various ages and cultural backgrounds providing varied views of the world. We have photojournalists, commercial photographers such as fashion and lifestyle, as well as artists, and photographers who choose to fuse some of those genres together. For example, there’s Lindi Forde, a well-travelled artist who documents details in artist spaces, and Taylor-Ferné Morris, a commercial photographer chasing the strength of the human body and mind within the ballet world.

Lindi Forde

Do you have a particular focus?

We decided for each project we would tackle a new theme exploring it’s challenges or advantages with our own brands of photography. Our graduate exhibition last year explored the theme ‘Pathways’ to celebrate the differences that make up who we are, and the idiosyncratic world we may want to chase or change in the future. This year for our second exhibition, a slightly smaller number of us will be participating in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. We will be revealing our interpretations of the word ‘Silence’ for the general public, providing a range of works that we believe best suits our individual beliefs of the word.

What is the collective working on at the moment? What plans do you have for the future? Exhibitions? Projects? Publications?

Recently a joint Instagram was created for the group in order to cross promote our individual and joint projects. It will feature behind the scenes of our photographic work and the events we complete in the future. This includes being the main social media for our group exhibition for the BIFB in the Ballarat Trades Hall in a few weeks time. In between, we enjoy gathering at various Melbourne galleries for inspiration, entering the 2017 AIPP Awards (with Rebecca Conci winning three silvers for her raw portrayal of her daughter’s health), and even plan to visit Kevin O’Daly, another Project 17 member, in Tasmania later this year. A smaller group of us would also like to continue publishing our work in Photo Books together, collaborating on a smaller scale until another full group opportunity comes our way.